Legal Tender

The term legal tender can be applied to any old currency that was issued as a United States note. Legal tenders were not bank issued and not backed by gold or silver. The US initially experimented with legal tenders during the Civil War. Be sure to visit our small size legal tender and type notes pages for more information.

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Fr No.DenomTypeDateGradePrice
16$1Legal Tender1862CH VF$985
FR 16 $1

A bright early issue Legal with margins all around.  Bold inks and vivid red seal on the problem free example.

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17a$1Legal Tender1862VF$785
FR 17a $1

A boldly inked, evenly circulated and  problem free example of this early issue Legal.

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17a$1Legal Tender1862PCGS 25$675
FR 17a $1

A bright and well centered example of this desirable type note.  ABNCo monogram and green patent date at right of […]

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18$1Legal Tender1869PMG 64EPQ$4385
FR 18 $1

This is one of the most vividly inked Rainbows we’ve ever had in inventory. The colors pop off the paper so […]

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35$1Legal Tender1880Fine$175
FR 35 $1

A nicely centered example of the early issue legal with small red seal and blue serial numbers (Tillman-Morgan signatures).  Decent […]

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36$1Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 36 $1

Pleasing and nicely centered note.

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37$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$225
FR 37 $1

Evenly circulated and problem free.  Very bright with bold red overprints.

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37$1Legal Tender1917PCGS 53PPQ$195
FR 37 $1

A boldly inked and bright AU note with margins all around and punch-thru embossing.  Premium paper quality is noted by […]

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH AU$295
FR 39 $1

A very bright AU note with vivid red seal and serial numbers.

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39$1Legal Tender1917VF$135
FR 39 $1

A bright and evenly circulated Legal.

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39$1Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 39 $1

A very bright AU with margins all around, although top is cut tight,  Bold colors and nice embossing are clearly […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH VF$300
FR 40 $1

A bright example of this popular note.  Vivid reds on seals and serial numbers, pleasing margins and bright overall paper […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH VF$300
FR 40 $1

An evenly circulated and problem free example of this popular type with margins all around and deep red seal and […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923PCGS 64PPQ$750
FR 40 $1

Vivid colors on the front and back of this desirable note. Top margins just slightly askew, keeping out of Gem […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923XF$365
FR 40 $1

A lovely XF with vivid inks and pleasing margins on both front and back.

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42$2Legal Tender1869PMG 35 $2450
FR 42 $2

Radar Serial Number E3161613. Minor splits noted by PMG. Margins all around with pleasing colors and vivid blue overprints.

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42$2Legal Tender1869VF$1085
FR 42 $2

This Rainbow is bright with margins all around, however, there are two repairs made at the left side margin of […]

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42$2Legal Tender1869VF$1650
FR 42 $2

This Rainbow Deuce displays  rather broad margins all around, as well as pleasing colors and overprints.  Problem free.

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48$2Legal Tender1878VF$1050
FR 48 $2

A beautiful, early issue deuce with lovely floral embellishment and deep red serial numbers. Pleasing margins all around.

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58$2Legal Tender1917PCGS 62$365
FR 58 $2

A pleasing uncirculated Jefferson note with bold red seal and serial numbers.  Margins all around.

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60$2Legal Tender1917CH CU$375
FR 60 $2

A very bright and nicely centered Jefferson with vivid, cherry red seal and numbers.

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60$2Legal Tender1917PMG 40EPQ$235
FR 60 $2

A nicely centered XF legal with balanced margins, vivid red seal and serial numbers and bright paper.  Original with Exceptional […]

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60$2Legal Tender1917PCGS 62 $365
FR 60 $2

A bright and vividly inked Jefferson deuce with pleasing margins all around.

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60$2Legal Tender1917XF$235
FR 60 $2

A very bright XF with margins all around and bold red seal and serial numbers.

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60$2Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 60 $2

A very bright note with margins all around.  Cherry red seal and serial numbers, as well as deep green reverse, […]

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61a$5Legal Tender1862PCGS 64$3150
FR 61a $5

A boldly inked and bright early issue Legal with balanced margins all around.  Deep green on reverse and vivid red […]

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63$5Legal Tender1863VF$975
FR 63 $5

An evenly circulated early issue Legal with margins all around.  Problem free and bright.

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64$5Legal Tender1869PCGS 64PPQ$3,950
FR 64 $5

A bright and vividly inked Rainbow note with margins all around.

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64$5Legal Tender1869Fine$795
FR 64 $5

Margins all around on this circulated Rainbow that has retained its colors.  There are several pinholes in the body of […]

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64$5Legal Tender1869AU/CU$2350
FR 64 $5

A very bright  Rainbow note with cherry red serial numbers and vivid overprint.   Nicely centered with deep green reverse.

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